Bear Grylls fired by Discovery

2012-03-14 10:15
Los Angeles  - Bear Grylls, the British adventurer and star of survival show Man vs. Wild, has been fired by US cable television network Discovery Channel in a contract dispute.

Grylls, 37, who was dropped into hostile places to survive by eating insects, wading rapids and drinking his urine, has hosted the TV show since 2006, becoming a celebrity around the world.

But Discovery Channel said on Tuesday that "due to a continuing contractual dispute with Bear Grylls, Discovery has terminated all current productions with him".

Details of dispute unclear

A spokesperson for Grylls said he and Discovery had been unable to reach agreement on new programming and had parted ways.

"Bear's goal has always been to make life-empowering shows for his many fans around the globe, and he has taken great risks to bring Discovery such award winning programming over seven seasons," said Heather Krug, publicist for the wilderness expert.

"Unfortunately, Bear and Discovery have not been able to come to mutual agreement on new programming, and he disagrees with Discovery's decision to terminate current productions. Bear has loved the Man vs. Wild journey and looks forward to producing further cutting edge content again soon for his loyal audience."

The details of the dispute were unclear but trade publication The Hollywood Reporter quoted industry sources as saying it revolved around two unannounced projects for which Grylls was contracted.


The sixth and most recent season of Man Vs. Wild was broadcast on Discovery in July and August 2011. It featured one episode in which Grylls was joined in a remote part of Iceland by actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

Other episodes have seen Grylls dropped by parachute into jungles and deserts, surviving for days by eating snakes, sleeping in snow holes and wrapping a urine-soaked t-shirt around his head to combat dehydration.

Man vs. Wild, is broadcast in Britain as Born Survivor: Bear Grylls and shown in some 200 countries around the world.

Grylls climbed Mt Everest at the age of 23 and served for three years in Britain's elite Special Air Service, training in parachuting, jungle warfare and combat survival.

He also has found fame as a motivational speaker and written several books, including teenage fiction and a best-selling autobiography.


  • Janine - 2012-03-14 10:38

    This is sad :(((((

  • Malcolm - 2012-03-14 10:44

    Now discovery will be a waste to watch

  • Craig - 2012-03-14 11:08

    Everything on discovery channel is a repeat anyway, not worth watching with or without Bear.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-03-14 11:31

      Don't be like that, I personally can't understand why, but I have a morbid fascination with Deadliest Catch - Do they get crab, don't they get crab. I NEED TO KNOW!

      Stirrer - 2012-03-14 11:45

      @Ian - Yes, DC does that to you! It's the only reality show I watch.

  • Marthinus - 2012-03-14 11:22

    Thats me done with Discovery!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-14 12:03

      Over one show??

  • Stirrer - 2012-03-14 11:44

    "Contract dispute" means Bear over-rated himself and wanted way too much money. Now he's got nothing. Oh well, he can always survive by eating cockroaches.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-14 12:04

      Meh, weak.

      Introspector - 2012-03-14 12:07

      Could easily be that they wanted him exclusively, and expected him to give up other opportunities/projects. It's not necessarily TV related either - the man is known for philanthropy also.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-03-14 12:23

      Could be they wanted a cut of the gismoz he sells for leatherman.

  • Sanet - 2012-03-14 12:04

    one does not simply fire Bear Grylls, you drop him.

  • Ben - 2012-03-14 12:31

    'Bout time they get his dumb ass of TV.... "Hi my name is Bear and I'd rather eat half rotten raw zebra meat in the bush than trying to build a fire and cook it. Then wash it down with some of my urine." If there is someone that deserves a medal it's his camera man.

      Ben - 2012-03-14 12:32


      Peter - 2012-03-14 12:47

      Fake or not, some of the stuff he does is pretty amazing. And his cameraman as well. Also, I am pretty sure that if he was not on the telly most people in the world would have no idea that the great outdoors even exists.

      Derde - 2012-03-14 15:08

      Tell you what ben, go tell him that to his face. And when (if) you get out of icu and with your foot removed from your arse, we'll speak again.

      Hugh - 2012-03-16 12:17

      He is quite the mans man. SAS; Foreign Legion. He's done stuff. Grand kids will have a ball come bedtime stories. He will find something else. Too popular.

  • Janette - 2012-03-14 12:33

    it is all so staged , it is like a script that has been written again and again.No loss

      Derde - 2012-03-14 15:08

      So watch the cooking channel to improve your sammich making skills.....

  • Shelagh - 2012-03-14 13:49

    Never watched him anyway. And he always had his camera crew to bail him out anyway!!!

      Janette - 2012-03-15 08:28

      I agree , that is why it is so staged, he is never alone.

  • Nebul - 2012-03-14 14:56

    @ ianmichaelcalder I also have a scary fascinationation with Deadliest Catch and now Gold Rush Alaska, show me the gold please

      Nebul - 2012-03-14 14:57


      Isabel - 2012-03-14 22:15

      I agree with you. I love both of those shows and Ice Road Truckers as well. Bear was getting a bit too much exposure.

  • Nebul - 2012-03-14 15:01

    I prefer Dual Survival and Survivor Man Just seems more realistic

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-15 06:25

    Pity!! Cos I know many who really love this show including me... Now i will rather watch Animal Planet cos Ultimate Survival was the only show i watched on discovery, another useless channel

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